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How to Mentally Prepare for Baseball Season

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Here are my Top 5 Focus Points or Dynamic Conversation Topics I like to encourage throughout the entire season, but especially at the beginning for How to Mentally Prepare for Baseball Season.  Young Athletes are so valuable to our society, their Mental Toughness is a topics we should deep dive into regularly. Here is my advice: 

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If you had time to read my last post on 10 Things Every Baseball Mom Can Do to Support Her Son I hope you enjoy these next pieces of advice. It’s a bit of an expansion on that list, but more geared towards what he can do as opposed to what you can do. Here are my Top 5 Focus Points or Dynamic Conversation Topics I like to encourage throughout the entire season, but especially at the beginning for How to Mentally Prepare for Baseball Season.

How to Mentally Prepare for Baseball Season

We don’t go so far as to write anything down or journal, but you absolutely could. We keep it an organic, ever-growing, and adapting conversation, mostly on the way to and from practices. The hardest part for me, and maybe you’ll find this relatable, is I have to restrain myself from over-guiding or baiting my boys into what I think the “right” answers should be… Or what I think and believe.

1- Goal Setting

Preparing your son mentally for the upcoming baseball season is essential for his success and enjoyment of the sport. One key aspect is to help him set realistic goals for the season. Encourage him to think about what he wants to achieve, whether it’s improving his batting average, fielding skills, or teamwork. By setting specific, achievable goals, he can stay focused and motivated throughout the season.

2- Mindset

Another important factor is to teach your son about the power of positive thinking and visualization. I call this Self Talk or your Inner Voice. You might also hear me telling our boys to “Be your own best Coach” and “Train Your Brain.” Help him understand that a positive mindset can greatly impact his performance on the field. Encourage him to visualize himself succeeding in different game scenarios, which can boost his confidence and resilience during matches.

3- Sportsmanship

When providing guidance and support to your son for his baseball season, it is not only important to focus on physical training but also on the mental and emotional aspects of the game. Instilling a strong sense of sportsmanship is essential. Teach him to respect his teammates, opponents, and the decisions of umpires, fostering an environment of fair play and mutual respect both on and off the field. The hardest thing I find to teach right now, for the 8-10-year-old age group is most often “Self Sportsmanship” and being kind to themselves.

You would be so surprised to hear what some kids are saying to themselves when they make mistakes. They attach their whole self-worth to it when they are more mentally prepared if they have a stronger sense of Sportsmanship towards themselves. Sounds like something from out in left field… but you know it’s true. This goes right back up to Self Talk and Mindset.

Here are my Top 5 Focus Points or Dynamic Conversation Topics I like to encourage throughout the entire season, but especially at the beginning for How to Mentally Prepare for Baseball Season.  Young Athletes are so valuable to our society, their Mental Toughness is a topics we should deep dive into regularly. Here is my advice: 

Baseball Mom Talks, Sports Mom Blogs, Dugout Moms, Little League How To Guides and Handbook

4- Game Strategy Intelligence

Additionally, help your son to develop strategic thinking and a deeper understanding of the game. Discuss different plays and situations he may face on the field, and encourage him to think critically about his decisions during play. This will not only improve his game intelligence but also empower him to be more confident and independent in his actions. However, I caution you against pointing out the errors you saw. This isn’t a critique of performance. This is a highlight of teachable moments and building up. Let him guide this conversation, as opposed to you interrogating him with “What were you thinking?!” when this went wrong… etc. etc. That’s a slippery slope.

5- Balance

It’s also important to ensure that your son maintains a well-balanced lifestyle. Encourage him to keep up with his academic responsibilities and to have hobbies and interests outside of baseball. This will help him to manage the pressure that comes with competitive sports and understand the importance of having a well-rounded life. You hear the words “Burn Out” a lot and it’s a real thing, especially when kids are doing the same sport since 1st grade. Perspective and the big picture are more important than spending too many hours a week obsessing over reps, technique, physical improvement or studying game film. If your child loves it, surely participate when he wants more time outside of practice.

Personally, I am someone who believes in never missing practice. (sickness aside) When it comes to balance, I would lean towards avoiding extra reps/sports time at home as opposed to skipping a practice for Mental Health. That’s more my vibe. In my opinion, practices are priceless. Home is where you rest.

Bonus- TEAMWORK

Lastly, emphasize the importance of teamwork. Teach him that baseball is a collective effort, and his contributions to the team are as important when supporting his teammates as they are when he’s in the spotlight. That’s the big reason I have to attend practices. Learning to work with others towards a common goal is a crucial life skill that will benefit him in future endeavors.

By guiding your son with these principles for how to How to Mentally Prepare for Baseball Season, you’re not only preparing him for the baseball season ahead but also imparting valuable life lessons that will help him grow as an athlete and a person. Which is the main goal, after all.

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